I am infuriated by the picture of the Spanish basketball team using their fingers to pull back the skin of their eyes to make the “chink eye” look. This photo was run as an advertisement in Spain. If that wasn’t enough, the Spanish tennis team was caught striking the same, offensive pose, pouring salt on the wound. What the hell is going on? The pose is offensive to Asians everywhere as many of our eyes do not even look slanted. No one in my family has slanted eyes and we’re full blooded Chinese. For people who have slanted eyes, this is even more offensive. It is as if these teams are mocking the Chinese, and possibly Asians in general, for having this biological trait.
What’s worse, I learned today that the Argentinian football players were caught striking the same pose. WHAT THE HELL?? Is this becoming the new “thing” people do in China? Offend their gracious hosts?
There has been no retraction or apology from these teams. Are they truly ignorant as to how offensive their gestures are or do they just have blatant disregard for the feelings of Asians?